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Just announced: Craig Charles Funk n Soul Club ft. Booka Brass Band live, 22nd August.

Craig Charles Funk n Soul Club

ft. Booka Brass Band live

22 August / 21:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Craig Charles Funk n Soul Club ft. Booka Brass Band Live

The Craig Charles Funk n Soul Club returns, with Booka Brass Band providing the live entertainment.

Enjoying a speedy rise to prominence in their native Dublin, the Booka Brass Ensemble have wowed crowds at Glastonbury, Electric Picnic and Body and Soul, collaborating with folkier artists like Lisa Hannigan and James Vincent McMorrow as well as undertaking funkier projects, and supporting the likes of Hot 8 Brass Band and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, a band who played at Band on the Wall recently.

Receiving acclaim from the press, and soon to release an EP next year, the groups recognition is sure to multiply further.

As usual, Craig Charles provides the Funk and Soul classics, throwing in some Bob Marley alongside a solid set of ParliamentJames Brown and many more greats.

Just announced: Martin Carthy, 3rd July.

Martin Carthy

03 July / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.

Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife Norma Waterson, and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums, of which the much anticipated “Waiting for Angels” is the latest. Whether in the folk clubs which he continues to champion, on the concert stage or making TV appearances (he was the subject of the acclaimed `Originals' music documentary strand on BBC 2) - there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn't played.

He's a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic.

"Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them allQ Magazine

"Carthy is a master of the ballad of substance, songs that tell stories, whether they are traditional, his own or from contemporary writers.” The Telegraph

Just announced: Tony MacAlpine, 15th October.

Tony MacAlpine

15 October / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

The name Tony MacAlpine is synonymous with modern musical virtuosity. Whether performing as a solo artist, band member, session player, touring hired-gun, or as a producer, Tony MacAlpine continues to prove that he truly is one of rock’s most amazing and versatile musicians. He incorporates classical, jazz and fusion influences into the hard rock/metal genre on both guitar and keyboards.

In the late 90s, Tony joined forces with Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Billy Idol) and Virgil Donati (Steve Vai, Scott Henderson) to form progressive rock band Planet X, regularly touring Europe and South America. In 1999, bassist Bunny Brunel (Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock) tapped MacAlpine to join his jazz-fusion band CAB, along with drummer Dennis Chambers (John McLaughlin, Carlos Santana) and keyboardist Brian Auger (Tony Williams, Jimi Hendrix). This lead to the release of their self-titled album in 2000, and their GRAMMY-nominated CAB2 album in 2001.

Shortly after, Tony was invited to join the band of fellow guitar virtuoso Steve Vai (along with Billy Sheehan on bass) where he played both guitar and keyboards, often doubling Vai’s formidable leads on both instruments. Tony performed and toured the world with Vai for seven years, playing to hundreds of thousands of people.

In his 28 year career he has produced, written and arranged eleven solo instrumental studio albums. Tony has also released four albums with his jazz-fusion band CAB, three albums with his progressive rock band Planet X, and a number of other band projects. In addition, MacAlpine has contributed both guitar and keyboards to a long list of records by other artists.

MacAlpine reaches extra high peaks in both creativity and shredding skills Metal-archives.com

Just announced: GONG, 24th October.

GONG

24 October / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

Gong has never stopped shape shifting in its 48 years of touring – from its origins in the Parisian revolutions of ‘68, through the Virgin years to its newest incarnation.

One of Daevid Allen’s last acts on this planet was to give his blessing to Gong’s newest form. Leaving fans assured that he had left his creation in the safest of hands.

“I feel you are all equally on the brink of a whole new era of Gong, musically, lyrically and spiritually and that pretty much all you have each done until now has been a preparation for this time.”

“I want you to know I am 100% behind you with this project and I wish you huge success in every way you decide to measure that success.”

I am really proud of laying the foundation for the Gong tradition and have done my best to make it as multi layered, wide ranging and open ended as I possibly could so that almost anything was possible as a result.” Daevid Allen, 2015.

Unorthodox, unpredictable it defies showbiz gravity and yet is
adored by its multitude of fans of all ages. 

Gong are a band that must be seen to be believed.

Just announced: Jazz on 3: BBC Introducing presented by Kevin LeGrende, 31st July.

Jazz on 3: BBC Introducing presented by Kevin LeGrende

31 July / 19:00 / More Info

Tickets by application only - To apply for free tickets to this event, please register at bbc.co.uk/showsandtours

Kevin Legendre presents a showcase of four emerging jazz bands in association with BBC Introducing, which supports unsigned, undiscovered or under the radar musicians across the UK. All four acts have submitted their music via the BBC Introducing Uploader at bbc.co.uk/introducing and been selected to perform by a team of BBC DJs including Jez Nelson (Radio 3) and Gilles Peterson (Radio 6 Music). Check here nearer the date for the full line-up.

To apply for free tickets to this event, please register at bbc.co.uk/showsandtours from July 1. Successful applicants will be chosen by random draw. This concert will be broadcast on Jazz on 3 (BBC Radio 3) and Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 6 Music).

Please be inside the venue by 19.30 to avoid disturbance to the recording.

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